12 · 13 · 2017
Let There Be Lighting
If you do a Google search on the topic of lighting in the workplace, the number of hits you get is equal to the number of photons in the flash of a strobe light. Among the results of the search, you’ll find these:
- Key principles in lighting from the British regulator, Health and Safety Executive
- This CNN story about the importance of daylight
- An article from Northwestern University about the health benefits of natural light in the office
- The effects of lighting on personal well-being and health, motivation and performance, visual perception, psychic-emotional and psychic-biological states, and ergonomics in this piece from the German retailer, Lighting Deluxe
- These two pieces from Work Design Magazine, one on the power of natural light, the other on the effects of lighting on productivity.
You’ll also get this summary from a study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information:
We suggest that architectural design of office environments should place more emphasis on sufficient daylight exposure of the workers in order to promote office workers’ health and well-being.
And you’ll get this beautifully brilliant British piece of equivocal eloquence from a voluminous academic study in the Journal of Circadian Rhythms:
High correlated colour temperature fluorescent lights could provide a useful intervention to improve wellbeing and productivity in the corporate setting, although further work is necessary in quantifying the magnitude of likely benefits.
The bottom line is you’ll get an unlimited supply of information you already knew (or could intuit) and didn’t need to ask about. So, what’s left?
Unless you’re a bat, a mole, a cave cricket, or a Texas salamander, you need light to function. And if you were any of those things, you wouldn’t be working in an office anyway.
Presuming you’re none of those things and are, rather, a human being, that means you’re a collaborative animal (for the most part). It means you have specific requirements for the environment in which you engage in your collaborative work. And it means you have psychological, physiological, and physical needs for light like mood maintenance (see “Disorder, Seasonal Affective“), stress reduction, alertness, vitamin D production, and not walking into walls.
Illumination by Design
Kidding aside, to us, light is a design element like every other aspect of your environment. Walls, carpeting, colors, furnishings, functionality, space, traffic flow, light, and more — if we’re not optimizing all of those elements based on the requirements of your people and the work they do, we’re not doing our jobs.
Your people depend on our doing our jobs so they can do theirs.
Let there be lighting. Otherwise, we’ll all be working in the dark.
Image by HypnoArt, courtesy of pixabay.com.